Are you still going strong on your New Year’s resolution to eat a plant-based diet, or perhaps you’re just looking for a little more veg in your life? If so, we’ve got the guide for you. Amidst the best vegan restaurants in Portland lie so many great juice bars, cafes, smoothie havens, food carts, and full-fledged multi-menu restaurants and you may not know where to start.
Maybe you just finished a workout and want a smoothie bowl loaded with elite superfoods. Maybe you’re famished but want a clean food “bowl.” Maybe you’re beyond famished and want to hit a bar and grab a giant plate of vegan nachos topped off with vegan taquitos and a vegan banana ball sundae. Maybe you want a green or blue juice. Maybe by now you’re already feeling lost and ready to go eat a biscuit and a plate of bacon. If so, do not fret but instead take a seat and read our 10 picks for the best vegan restaurants in Portland so you won’t waste any more time or brain space.
5. Blossoming Lotus
Blossoming Lotus is a full-fledged vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant in the Irvington neighborhood that definitely ranks among the best vegan restaurants in Portland with a broad menu and the city’s most amazing and ginormous veganized frosted cinnamon rolls. Don’t miss the pancakes here, you’ll never say they’ve sacrificed flavor or texture in place of health because they are THAT good.
$$ Vegan, Live/Raw Food, Vegetarian
Harlow is a funky vegan spot on Hawthorne Ave in Southeast Portland and definitely a must-hit spot for vegan eaters in Portland. You can order everything from toasts made on vegan bread served with vegan spread, or jam, or avocado; a nice bracingly green juice; lots of hashes, scrambles and grain or veggie bowls, and a good selection of pastries.
$$ Juice Bars & Smoothies, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
3. Homegrown Smoker
And now for some vegan southern food: Homegrown Smoker. Located in the St. John’s neighborhood of Portland, Homegrown Smoker is the only one of our best vegan restaurants in Portland that started out as a popular food cart. We currently crave the nori wrapped “fish” and chips (tofu) that is expertly breaded; and the tempeh “ribs.” The best deal for a group of hungry eaters is to construct your own plate where you choose a couple of proteins (fish, ribs, chicken – all veganized and made from such things as seitan, tempeh or tofu or soy curls), and then add on your sides such as macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, braised collards, sweet potato fries, or hush puppies. Wash it down with some kombucha and you’re good for the day foodwise.
$$ Barbeque, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches
2. Virtuous Pie
Virtuous Pie is one of the best vegan restaurants in Portland and our only vegan restaurant in Portland that is a pizza restaurant. A vegan pizza restaurant that is so good it made our Top 35 Pizzas in Portland list. And with vegan ice cream. While pizza and ice cream are the stars here, VP also offers small plates and salads that are really outstanding, like the Kale Caesar and the Roasted Cauliflower Romanesco. Virtuous pie straddles that corner in Southeast Portland on Division St. that is home to Pine State Biscuits and Aviv and because you’re in southeast Portland, there’s also ample tacos and more pizza as well as sandwiches, coffee shops and diners within walking distance. Current favorite pizza? The Ultraviolet with Walnut and Arugula Pesto, Cashew Mozzarella, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Kale, Carmelized Onion and Pine Nuts. Do NOT miss trying the ice cream, especially the Marionberry Cheesecake, but if you cannot make up your mind, just order the “flight” and you’ll get three nice tastes.
$$ Pizza, Vegan, Vegetarian
1. Root Whole Body Cafe
Root Whole Body Cafe is sibling to Blossoming Lotus Restaurant (#10 above) and part of a Wellness Studio/Space (bodywork, yoga and movement classes, naturopathy medicine, nutrition & detox, skincare, chiropractic, acupuncture, alt medicine) that will tackle your every health and serenity need whether or not you knew you had the need. Not strictly 100% vegan but 99% vegan. Located in the booming Slabtown District (in Northwest PDX), Root Whole Body Cafe is a nice departure from other vegan restaurants in that the dishes are really curated towards a specialized niche of diners who know their food combining, their doshas, their chakras and/or their meridiens. With a vast tea and alt-coffee selections, a domed platter of superfood truffles and energy balls, toasts, hot cereal, all kinds of superfood infused broths, veggie and smoothie bowls, Japanese macrobiotic plates, smoothies, juices, tonics and shots, Root Whole Body Cafe is a nice quiet and satisfying respite where you’ll leave feeling like you did right by your body and soul.
Root Whole Body
$$ Yoga, Massage, Naturopathic/Holistic
Bonus: Treats, Wellness Centers and Juice Bars
More of a Juice Bar (“mealshakes”) with a solid but small menu of hot cereals and lunch bowls, Kure has a few locations throughout the city of Portland and is the place you want to go to for a delicious freshly pressed juice, a blue majik milk, or vegan eats when you don’t have a lot of time. Lots of superfood boosts to add to your mealshakes or smoothie bowls, and a great read-to-go case for hurried vegans.
Kure Juice Bar
$$ Juice Bars & Smoothies, Acai Bowls, Organic Stores
1. Doe Donuts
PDX is arguably the best donut city in the country, and our list of the best vegan restaurants in Portland isn’t complete without mention of Doe Donuts. Not only are they vegan but they’re outstandingly delicious and some of the best donuts you can get in the entire city. Whether you decide to indulge in cake or raised donut is up to you, and we garuntee it will be delicious no matter, but our favorites are the birthday cake and salted vanilla bean.
$ Donuts, Vegan